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People from Norfolk to join protests over UK visit of Donald Trump

PUBLISHED: 07:07 13 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:18 13 July 2018

US President Donald Trump. Pic: Stefan Rousseau/PA Images.

US President Donald Trump. Pic: Stefan Rousseau/PA Images.

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Protesters from Norfolk are ready to travel to London to protest against the visit of United States president Donald Trump, while a demonstration will also be staged on the steps of Norwich City Hall.

Norfolk members of Together Against Trump are joining protests in London and have organised a coach to get people to the capital.

National newspapers have reported that as many as 10,000 police officers will be part of plans - named Operation Manifold - to protect the president and deal with predicted protests.

President Trump flew into the UK yesterday for a three day visit. Today, he is due to hold talks with prime minister Theresa May at Chequers, before meeting the Queen at Windsor Castle.

On the final day of his visit, he is likely to head for the golf course - Turnberry - which he owns in Scotland, before he jets back to the United States.

As well as protests in London, a rally will be held on the steps of City Hall today. Speakers at the rally include Norwich South Labour MP Clive Lewis, former Norwich North MP Dr Ian Gibson, Green party member Adrian Holmes, activist Katy Jon Went.

Julie Bremner, from Norwich Stand Up To Racism, who is another of the speakers, said: “We are expecting big demonstrations across the UK as people unite against Trump’s politics of racism, homophobia, sexism and hate.

“It is very worrying that we see far right extremists in the UK gain confidence from his visit. This demonstration isn’t just about Trump. The treatment of the Windrush generation has highlighted the British elite’s disgraceful record of racism and bigotry. This is a fight against our own “hostile environment” as well as the American government.”

• The Norwich rally will be held on City Hall’s steps at 5.30pm.

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